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Beef and Forage Field Day

May 23, 2002

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MACOMB, IL -- Beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, cattle producers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the Western Illinois University Beef and Forage Field Day at the University's agriculture department's Kerr Farm. The Kerr Farm is located two miles west of the WIU Livestock Center on the south side of Tower Road, or three miles west of Route 67 on Tower Road.

A trade show will be held from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Program sessions will begin at 2:30 p.m. Topics to be offered include "Fencing and water systems for managed grazing" by Jay Solomon, University of Illinois Extension; "Forage varieties" by Steve Hollister, NRCS agronomist, and Gerry Kaiser, NRCS plant materials specialist; "Fescue management and frost seeding" by Dean Oswald, University of Illinois Extension, and Roger Staff, NRCS grazing land specialist; and "Pasture weed management" by Sean Evans, University of Illinois Extension.

"This field day is an excellent opportunity for producers to learn more about making better use of their grasslands and forage resources by utilizing managed grazing," said Ken Nimrick, WIU assistant professor of agriculture and field day co-coordinator.

A dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by a tour of Kerr Farm pastures and presentations of WIU research projects by Nimrick and John Carlson of WIU's agriculture department. Ongoing research projects that will be discussed include extending the grazing season; winter grazing standing corn; pasture weaning of beef calves; and profitability of grazing beef stockers on improved forage varieties.

Cost for the field day is $5 and pre-registration is required (the registration fee can be paid upon check-in). For more information or to register, contact the WIU agriculture department at 309-298-1080; Ken Nimrick at 298-1288; or John Carlson at 298-1611.

Participants may also mail their check (payable to the WIU Agriculture Department), along with their name and address, to: WIU Agriculture Department, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (
Office of University Communications & Marketing